Berry J. Brosi

Winship Distinguished Associate Professor

Honors Program Coordinator/Undergraduate Research Coordinator

Office: E528 Math and Science Center 5th floor

Phone: 404-727-4252


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  • BA, Wesleyan University
  • M. Sc., Yale University
  • Ph.D., Stanford University


Our research is focused broadly on the community ecology of mutualisms.  A central theme in my lab is understanding the relationship between biological diversity and ecosystem processes, especially those driven by mutualisms and other species interactions.

Within this theme, much of our work focuses on the causes and ecosystem functional consequences of pollinator declines, which are of critical societal relevance given the central role of bees as pollinators in both natural ecosystems as well as the human agricultural enterprise.

Recent work has focused on understanding the consequences for plant reproduction of experimental removals of pollinator species; incorporating more biology into pollination network models to improve predictions; and understanding honey bee declines using an ecological and evolutionary approach.

We use a range of scientific approaches including manipulative and comparative field studies, controlled laboratory experiments, mathematical modeling, and population genetics.

Our research is funded by NSF, NIH, USDA, other government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

In addition, I am actively engaged in environmental policy research with environmental lawyers and practitioners.

Please see our lab website for more information, including opportunities for prospective post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates interested in joining the lab.


Brosi Lab Selected Publications

Brosi BJ*, Delaplane KS, Boots M, De Roode JC*. In Press. Ecological and evolutionary approaches to managing honey bee disease. Nature Ecology and Evolution. (*contributed equally)

Brosi, BJ, Niezgoda K, Briggs HM. 2017. Experimental species removals impact the architecture of pollination networks. Biology Letters 13: 20170243

Bell KL, Fowler J, Burgess KS, Dobbs EK, Gruenewald D, Lawley B, Morozumi C, Brosi BJ. 2017. Applying pollen DNA metabarcoding to the study of plant-pollinator interactions. Applications in Plant Sciences 5(6): 1600124.

Dicks LV, Viana B, Bommarco R, Brosi BJ, del Coro Arizmendi M, Cunningham SA, Galetto L, Hill R, Lopes AR, Pires C, Taki H, Cooper D, Potts SG. 2016. Ten policies to protect pollinators. Science 354, 975–976.

Bell, K.L., K.S. Burgess, N. De Vere, A. Gousse, A. Keller, R. Richardson, B.J. Brosi. 2016. DNA metabarcoding of pollen: progress and prospects. Genome 59(9): 629-640.

Valdovinos, F.S., B.J. Brosi, H.M. Briggs, P. Moisset de Espanés, R. Ramos-Jiliberto, N.D. Martinez. 2016. Adaptive foraging interacts with network structure to stabilize mutualistic networks. Ecology Letters 19: 1277–1286.

B.J. Brosi. 2016. Pollinator Specialization: from the Individual to the Community. New Phytologist 210: 1190–1194. DOI: 10.1111/nph.13951.

Brosi, B.J., and H.M. Briggs. 2013. Single pollinator species losses reduce floral fidelity and plant reproductive function. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110, 13044–13048.

Brosi, B.J. and E.G. Biber.  2012. Citizen involvement in the US Endangered Species Act. Science  337(6096), 802–803.

Brosi, B.J., and E.G. Biber. 2009. Statistical inference, Type II error, and decision-making under the US Endangered Species Act. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 7(9): 487–494.

Brosi, B.J., P.R. Armsworth, and G.C. Daily. 2008. The optimal design of agricultural landscapes for pollination services. Conservation Letters 1: 27-36.